Written by David Hertz, Chair of Comparative Literature
Professor Eugene Eoyang passed away in the fall of 2021. He was one of the great comparatists and the first Chinese American to serve as president of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). He was also the author of many books and essay on comparative literature, east-west literary relations, Chinese poetry, translations, and many other interdisciplinary topics.
Over the years, I collaborated with Professor Eoyang on many projects and I always found them to be rewarding and fun. Among the best of these projects was our effort to collect a series of papers on the most universal topic we could identify. We eventually gathered up a series of scholarly papers on the theme of “mutability” in poetry, including poems from Nahuatl, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Arabic, and more. Many of them were published in the Yearbook of Comparative Literature, which is now published by the University of Toronto Press.